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Chicago Jazz Archive | Chicago Jazz Artist Pages

Earma Thompson at the piano

The links on this page focus on musicians who were born in the Chicago area or spent significant periods of their careers here. As part of the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library, CJA's mission is jazz research rather than marketing, so this page concentrates on jazz musician sites that have significant info of interest to researchers -- bios, interviews, discographies, lists of compositions, etc.

At the bottom of this page are links to more jazz musician bios, information, and interviews.

Chicago Musicians: If you have a website that is essentially your online press kit -- has a bio, discography, list of compositions, interviews, articles about you, etc. -- and you're not here, send your URL to debjazz at so we can add you! And while you're at it, send us a print press kit if you've got one, at the address on the CJA homepage. Help CJA keep Chicago's jazz musicians from dropping through the cracks of history!

Sites about the history of the Chicago jazz scene and musicians

Chicago Artist webpages from

The Chicago scene and musicians 1940-1960 and Chicago record label histories, courtesy of the Red Saunders Research Foundation (hereafter RSRF)

Info and interviews with many Chicago free jazz musicians from ImproJazz (in French)

Chicago Jazz Musicians



Muhal Richard Abrams

Ray Anderson

Tatsu Aoki

Tom Archia (RSRF)

Louis Armstrong

The Art Ensemble of Chicago

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Patricia Barber

Bix Beiderbecke

NPR Jazz Profile: Mel Torme

Ken Vandermark

Joe Williams speaks about being a jazz role model at Gallery41

More Musician Bios/Info/Interviews

100 Jazz Profiles from BBC Radio3

Interviews from All About Jazz

Asian Improv Artist Pages

American Masters from PBS

Downbeat magazine's Artist Pages and Archives


Jazz Ambassador bios from the Kennedy Center

Jazz Corner's musician interviews

Artist Links from Jazzitude

Interviews from the Jazz Journalists Association

Jazz musician bios from PBS

Interviews from Jerry Jazz Musician

Red Hot Jazz: Bands and Musicians 1895-1929

Riverwalk's "Learn" pages

Women in Jazz